OC Firefighters take Advanced Training

Over the weekend, nine members of Oconee County’s fire service took part in advanced training at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Making the trip were Oconee County Fire Chief Charles King, Crossroads Chief Ronnie Williams, Picket Post-Camp Oak Chief Jeff Heaton, Oakway Rescue Chief William Myers, along with firefighters Brad Whitifield, T.J. Harlos, Bradley Roach, Brian Phillips, and Cole Shirley. They had the chance to attend programs led by nationally recognized experts in fields such as management and leadership, interaction with appointed and elected officials, safe incident response operations, and developing long-term strategies for success.  Chief King said, “We were part of 65 member contingent from across South Carolina. In addition to the lecture and classroom time, being onsite with firefighters from throughout the country provided a great opportunity to meet and network with peers. Those attending the weekend program will be sharing their lessons learned throughout the county over the next several months.” The National Fire Academy is one of two schools in the United States operated by FEMA.  “Oconee County Emergency Services is committed to developing leaders at all levels of our organization. The educations they received this weekend will not only serve as personal development for each one, but will also allow them to help ensure we deliver the professional service our community deserves,” added Chief King.